Been missing doing some more in-depth media analysis like I used to do, so this is a bit of a return to form. No thesis other than “why this music video consistently make me feel bad, but in a cathartic way”Read More »
“Teir Abhaile Riu” – Celtic Woman – just some classic well-done tunes
“My Sharona” – The Knack – still on a 70s kick
“hydrogen money” – kmlkmljkl – h/t rusch this is fricking lit AF
“Electric Feel (Justice Remix)” – MGMT – h/t sadun – what a jammin banger tbh (although it really sounds like “electric eel” now though
“Lovely Day” – Alt-J – I’m honestly just so happy that it’s summer
“Boots” – Kesha – h/t sadun from a Discord party.
“Evelyn” – Kim Tillman and Silent Films – h/t cesium. Song grew on me really quickly. Fan of the chugga chugga rhythm and the Prufrock
Still on a Run the Jewels kick, this time – “Lie, Cheat, Steal”
“Different Trains” – Steve Reich, performed by London Contemporary Orchestra – h/t slz, who is in a class about “The Musical Voice” I think? Anyways, they’re doing a lot of crazy things with like speaking pianos and stuff. Also didn’t realize that this is the same guy as behind “It’s Gonna Rain” and “Come Out“. They’re all pretty solid.
“Love Love Peace Peace” – Eurovision 2016 – I was looking for Alex Rybak songs and ended up coming here. I’m so down with how self-aware they are.
“Fire” – Arthur Brown – just some classic 60s proto-metal
“crushcrushcrush” (vocals-only canon) – Paramore – h/t cesium, who showed me when I showed kmli remixes. A serendipitous tumblr canon. IT’S SO GOOD??? I also like the commentary of canons and fugues
“Tricerahops” – Too many ZOOZ – h/t chencs. I’m a huge fan of the stutter-step horns
“Leviathan” – Mouse on the Keys – h/t ermain. I really like the name of the band because it really is a kind of unique random style.
“A Samurai’s Death” – Ricko James – h/t cyqwang. She got it from the test music that Unbox Therapy was using for testing the $3000 bluetooth speaker. I also like another song they used, “Bangster Shit” – Crux Muzik
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“Carmen” – Stromae – I think the message is a bit simplistic, but I really like the bass beat in time with everything else
“Shake That” – Eminem – I found this song from the meme shitpost version of it called “you reposted in the wrong neighborhood” (KYM article here). this song is pretty unobjectionably bad, but it’s so self-aware and reveling in its misogyny that it’s hard for me to not smile a little bit in its unabashed lack of morals. Similarly, I like the appropriation of MLK (“I’ve been to the motherf***ing mountaintop”) because it’s so over-the-top sacrilegious. (Digression – For some reason, I seem to remember that Pogo did a remix of MLK speeches, but I can’t find it. Anyone else remember this?)
“Magical Nite” – oneboredjeu – MAGIC! x Kid Cudi – h/t shikexue. Jamming.
I wonder if there’s something with Latin American culture that leads to this genre of nonsense songs. Tongo is from Peru while the infamous “Chacarron Macarron” comes from a Panamanian artist. The thing I like about Tongo more is that he puts a distinctive Hispanic twist to his songs and is very self aware of his ridiculousness rather than playing it straight.
“Here I Come” – Soul City – I found this song from a Youtube Grammarly commercial of all things. It’s 70’s motown enough to be real catchy (definitely getting cues from “Ain’t No Mountain” and the Supremes)
Idea on 11/20/16. Writeup on 11/20/16 and 1/20/17. Queued since then.
This is all a riff off of “Parce Que Tu Crois” by Charles Aznavour.
I found the song originally because of looking more into Indila’s “Dernière Danse” which interpolates the theme in a really cool way. Apparently this song has gotten sampled quite a bit from a wide variety of genres – to me, there seems to be a surprising amount of hiphop, including Dr. Dre.
I’m not really sure why this clip is popular or notable enough to have a Wikipedia article written about it. Comparatively, “Something’s Got a Hold On Me“, the Etta James, song which I’ve written about before, has much less commentary on Wikipedia about its sampling than “Parce Que Tu Crois” – only a brief mention in the intro paragraph.
I’m even more confused because it seems like most of the samples just take the horn beat of the song? Which is honestly really not that exciting at all? It’s honestly just dotted half note, two eighth notes, dotted half note, two eighth notes. I think the vocals combined with the beat is much more musically interesting, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Dr. Dre’s “What’s the Difference“, I think is particularly guilty of this. The horn back beat is really not that interesting and all they do is slow it down slightly to make a more gangster feel? I don’t know – I’m just really confused why they decided to sample this.
“Dirty Laundry” by Bitter:Sweet does a decent job of echoing the same classy swingy feel of the original, especially with the vocals, although they add a bit too many boops for my taste. Indila’s variation is still my favorite because she actually transforms the melody into a more modern-pop feel.
Stay musical, my friends.
“Macklerena” – ideaot . How have I never heard this before.
Relistening to radiooooo.com made me find some more high-quality stuff:
- “Mobile Coffin” – Messer Chups – feels like spoopy surfer music. They are also already VERY AWARE that this is their aesthetic.
- “Ai Du” – Ali Fakra Touré – some chill blues
“Chambermaid Swing” – Parov Stelar . Lawrence was looking for dance choreos that he wanted to learn from and one of them was dancing to this swag song.
“Fighting Fish” – Dessa . She’s still awesome.
Idea on Dec. 7. Write up on Dec. 7 and Jan. 8. Queued since then.
It’s another joint litchin@ / mellifluosly@ post! Please give it a watch before reading the rest.